Emmy Award winner Jason Bateman (Ozark) is In talks to direct Clue based on the popular Hasbro board game for Disney/Fox.
According To Deadline, Bateman will also star alongside previously announced Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool).
Reynolds Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, were set to write the screenplay when the project was first announced in January 2018.
Last May, Reese and Wernick teased the direction they are going with the film.
“DON’T BE SURPRISED IF ‘CLUE’ IS R-RATED… POTENTIALLY,”
“IT WILL HAVE ELEMENTS OF [THE ORIGINAL MOVIE], BUT IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE DON’T TRY AND JUST REHASH IT,” REESE SAID. “WE WANT TO BUILD ON IT. WE WANT TO TAKE SOME OF WHAT MAKES IT FUN AND FUNNY, BUT THEN WE WANT TO DO OUR OWN THING. IT’S ABOUT FINDING THAT BALANCE. HOPEFULLY WE DON’T UPSET THE CLUE-HOUNDS BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM, APPARENTLY. WE DIDN’T REALIZE THIS UNTIL WE SIGNED UP.”
Clue, released in 1985 was comedy based on the board game, which involves players figuring which of the guests at a mansion murdered someone, with which murder weapon and in which room. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn. Lynn worked on the script with John Landis. Clue starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren. The film had one of three possible endings, and different theaters received different ones. All were included on the home video release. Though the film didn’t do well in its run a the box office, only making $14,643,997 in domestic sales, it has become a cult classic.
Reynolds’ Maximum Effort production shingle will produce the Clue reboot with Allspark Pictures, which is the film division of Hasbro.